Les Bains Paris
What We Love
- The Les Bains boutique across the street, a concept store selling fabulous French products like La Planche à Roulettes skateboards and Aedle headphones
- Generously sized bath products from Le Labo, a cult brand from New York
- The building’s storied history: Bowie, Warhol, and Jagger partied here when it was a nightclub, as did Marcel Proust when it was a private bathhouse in the 19th century
What To Know
- Ask for a room with a balcony; not all have one
- Party animals, take heart: breakfast is served until 3 p.m. and dinner until midnight
- There’s still a nightclub and swimming pool, just like in the old days, but they’re much smaller and located in the basement
- Free WiFi
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
In the heart of Le Marais, this legendary former nightclub was reborn as a boutique hotel thanks to the work of architect Vincent Bastie and of-the-moment designers Tristan Auer and Denis Montel. The space’s rock-n-roll legacy lives on in the red lacquer pillars, the distressed leather sofas, and the Philippe Starck-designed mosaic dance floor, while the stained glass windows of the Salon Chinois and curved, bulbous ceiling of the bar recall the years when it was a playground for bohemians. Today, the 39 rooms are almost unbearably chic, with rust-colored velvet sofas inspired by Warhol, plenty of shelves (stocked with the occasional Joy Division record), and robin’s egg blue telephones. Bathrooms all have heated floors—welcome during those chilly Paris winters—while the upper suites feature private steam rooms and terraces with outdoor showers. No less now than in the 1980s (or 1880s), this is a spot to see and be seen, so it’s fitting that the bar, restaurant, and club all still draw a fashionable crowd.
In the Area
Les Bains is just one in a clutch of glorious 17th-century buildings on a romantic street in one of Paris’s most aristocratic old districts where many of the most popular sights are a short walk away: the ancient and beautiful public square Place des Vosges, the Temple du Marais church, and the Place de la Bastille, where the prison once stood. The hotel has its own art collection, but it’s also close to some of the city’s best museums, most notably the Centre Pompidou and the Musée Picasso. Le Marais was the city’s Jewish quarter, so head to the Rue de Rosiers for some authentic Jewish food, and then to the Rue Vieille du Temple, chockablock with trendy cocktail bars and gay clubs. The nearest subway stop, Étienne Marcel, is a three-minute walk away.
How to Get There
This was our second time staying here after finding the hotel last year on Booking.com. What a lovely and chic hotel and perfect for couples looking to escape. I would not recommend this for families or for business travel. The staff is wonderful, the location is conveniently located to Le Marais, where there are so many chic stores and restaurants. We will stay here again and again.
My husband and I have stayed at Les Bains every time we’ve visited Paris together. From the first time we fell in love with the property. With a hip and contemporary vibe and design, the hotel ceases to amaze architecturally and conceptually. The rooms are great, open concept wet room bathrooms, all stunning. I work at a 5 star hotel in Las Vegas, customer service is everything to me. The staff at Les Bains do not let down. They remember intimate details about us from how we like our breakfast to things we like in our room. This most recent visit we had a minor issue which was resolved promptly thanks to Shiraz. Through out our stay Shiraz helped so much! From suggestions where to eat locally, accommodations, and anything else we needed. Merci Shiraz. Also Nicolas made our stay more than special.
The Les bains boutique is one of my favorite parts of the stay. They have done great at branding themselves. A fun place to shop for memorabilia.
Merci Shiraz, Nicolas, and the entire staff at Les Bains. I look forward to my next trip to Paris and Les Bains
Great location, but the hotel is very dark once you’re inside. Our room was very small and the darkness of the bathroom made getting ready (makeup, etc) very difficult. Also, you can hear the loud music of the club go into the early morning hours. I would stay in this area of Paris again. But next time I will research to find a different hotel nearby.